Sunday, September 16, 2012

Living On the Tip of My Pen...Again

It has been quite a while since I just wrote for the pure act and love of writing for this blog. Like many others, I formed a circle of "friends" on Facebook and tend to stop there first, if not exclusively, when I sign on line. I realized recently that in many ways that has become tantamount to what occurred when we stopped phoning and opted for texting and stopped sending letters and cards and resort now to emailing. There is a great deal lost in those paradigm shifts; much more than can be immediately realized and much more than we can, as a society, afford.

This is my humble opinion, of course. Yet, because of changing circumstances in my own life it has become abundantly clear that sound bites (bytes) and snippets do not a life sustain. Emails and text messages do not substitute for warm voices and actual quick hugs. Timelines and dozens of photos of dogs, cats, hairdos, and someone elses' espoused clever words in interesting fonts and colors do not ultimately keep you "kissed" when you just need a peck on the forehead. I wonder, often, what we are really exchanging for life, not just for ourselves, but for those we love, those we have been charged with guiding and directing, giving a solid foundation, and exposure to the set of values we deem essential for a long range quality existence. Have we given in, submitting to unspoken defeat, because this is just the way things are now? I'm not at peace with that, so, personally, I'm not willing to accept it for myself from this point forward. I need more than 142 characters, more than an updated status report for personal sustenance.

What am I saying? I'm saying that I'll be stopping here more often than there when I need to share. I'll once more examine, when I feel a desire to subject myself to scrutiny, criticism, and accountability, my thoughts, positions, impressions, hopes, dreams, desires in this platform. This blog is calling me back. I might be the only one following me, but that too will be okay - I need to know where I'm going and very clearly the 'me' I'm now following.

So, Living on the Tip of My Pen is flowing fluid again. I hope you'll indulge me from time to time.



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